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article image Colourful lighting design at Loco.

SKYCITY Adelaide has opened the first stage of its $20m redevelopment of the historic Adelaide Railway Station building, which includes a funky new bar called Loco.

The resulting design is a sensitive mix of old meets new. Original vaulted ceilings and arched windows have been carefully restored, as have the original old ticket windows.

The designers from Webb Plus were not allowed to touch the heritage-listed vault ceilings in the bar but they still had to create a 'funky, hip and cool bar'. They decided to decorate and enliven the ceiling with lighting effects choosing twenty-four Martin Alien 02 colour-changing fixtures to successfully achieve the desired result.

The initial idea to use the colour-changing lights came from Simon Webb.

Project managers KBR Halliburton contacted Perth-based ProDesign Lighting to implement the designer's concept.

"The client had the original concept of using moving head fixtures that would have not been cost effective, difficult to maintain and too chunky in build for the venue," Simon Webb explained.

"I recommended the Martin Aliens as they're ideal for this type of environment. I provided the client tech specs with visual Show Designer models to show their coverage and how they would look.

“Then, once the proposal was accepted, I delivered the schematics and data for the installation. I guess this project was done by remote control!" said Simon Webb.

"The Martin Aliens worked really well,” said Senior Associate Designer at Webb Plus, Sarah Dixon.

“In fact the first night we had the Alien fixtures up and running I walked across the street from where you could see them through the windows and they looked fantastic.

“SkyCity has requested that the colours stay in the red and pink spectrum although they obviously have the option to use any colour possible."

The programming of the Aliens was then done in Martin LightJockey, which enabled all programming to be done off site with only minor tweaking required upon full installation.

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